MG 5 near-production model revealed at Shanghai Motor Show

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Shanghai Automotive (SAIC) is developing the MG 5 in China to globally aim at younger car buyers, which is designed with a youthful and modern look.

The near-production model MG 5 was revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show last week, which is built on the MG/Roewe 350 platform. The MG 5 is designed to suit the European market with elegant and aerodynamic look, and it is slightly smaller than the MG 6.

Initially, the MG 5 will be powered by a range of 1.3-liter and 1.8-liter gasoline engines, however, SAIC plans to use smalller gasolines that were co-developed with Ford. And these engines include a 1.0-liter, 1.2-liter, 1.4-liter, and 1.5-liter turbo developing from 115 horsepower to 162 horsepower.

Suspension wise, the MG 5’s chassis is consisted of MacPherson struts up front and a twist beam torsion axle at the rear, which is a less sophisticated arrangement than the larger MG 6.

The MG 5 will join with the Ford Focus in Europe and China by mid-2013.